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Meeting of specialists in the field of cross-border culture and tourism organized in Tartu and Valga within the project EPICAH – Effectiveness of Policy Instruments for Cross – Border Advancement in Heritage



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Peipsi Koostöö Keskus from Tartu-Estonia organized from 5-8 June 2019 the seventh cross-border culture experts meeting within the framework of the EPICAH –  Effectiveness of Policy Instruments for Cross – Border Advancement in Heritage project. Also during this period was held the eigth meeting of the project Steering Committee consisting of the project managers from each partner. At these meetings were discussed and clarified issues related to the project management and its main activities.

The meeting was attended by specialists in the field of cross-border culture as well as project managers representing all 9 partners: Eixo Atlántico do Noroeste Peninsular from Braga -Portugal having the role of  lead partner, Eixo Atlantico del Noroeste Peninsular-Vigo and Asociación Ibérica de Municipios Ribereños del Duero from Spain, Agenzia per lo Sviluppo Empolese Valdelsa Spa from Empoli-Italy, Tokaj Borvidék Fejlődéséért Nonprofit Kft.-Hungary, Regional Development Fund / Region of Western Macedonia from Kozani-Greece, Peipsi Koostöö Keskus from Tartu-Estonia,  Regionální rozvojová agentura Plzeňského kraje, o. p. s. from Plzeň-Czech Republic, Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association. The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association was represented at this meeting by Paul  Dancu–assistant project coordinator within the project, Cristina Ilieş, projects local financial officer, Daniela Culic – manager of Satu Mare Chamber for Commerce and Industry as external coordinating expert of the local stakeholders group, Jankó-Szép István,  member of the local stakeholders group.

In 5 June were held in Tartu two parallel sessions of Experts and Steering Committee. In the experts meeting were discussed the EPICAH good practices selected to be included in the regional action plans and main conclusions from previous two study visits.  In the frame of Steering Commitee session were discussed and clarified issues related to the project management and its main activities, and the project implemenation at partners level, proposal for European Cross-Border Tourism Association.  The Lead-partner presents the results of EPICAH project participation in the exhibition fair and Tourism Forum from Braga, was fixed the date and agenda for Interparliamentary forum presenting the project results. The sessions merged, in the afternoon in the Joint Experts/Partners meeting about state of play of Project action plans from each partner. In the afternoon was done the study visit to Setomaa and Võromaa good practices in Estonian border. In June 6 was held in Valga the sixth  Thematic Seminar on : „The usage and importance of ict for the efficiency of policies and strategic actions regarding natural and cultural crossborder heritage management”. Were presented the Estonia-Latvia cooperation programme results, good practices about valorization of cultural, natural  and touristic heritage and visited the Valmiera-Latvia area. In 7 June was done a study visit in estonian-latvian border area, focused on good practices about valorization of cultural, natural  and touristic heritage. Were visited Mulgimaa region and Taagepera castel. In 8 June was visited the Valga-Valka twin-city cultural festival as good practice.

The project EPICAH aims to promote the improvement of the policy instruments for crossborder natural and cultural heritage protection and development, through the exchange of experiences and good practices between partners with large experience in developing strategies, projects and actions in this field based on crossborder cooperation processes. Within this project, the policy makers and technicians responsible for protection and promotion of natural and cultural heritage in the Satu Mare County have the possibility to participate in exchanges of experience in the field of preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage and to learn new methods to approach for a more efficient management process of crossborder natural and cultural heritage. The project is financed through the Interreg  Europe Programme with a total budget  of 1.707.360 EUR of which benefits a grant in value of 1.451.256 EUR from the European Regional Development Fund and has a implementation period of 5 years.

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